5 Lessons that I’ve learnt from year 2015
One said that you can’t live life to the fullest if you haven’t lived out of your hometown for a period of time. I’m grateful that I spend most of my time in 2015 in Malaysia. It is an interesting experience that really shapes up my way of looking at life. I admit that I don’t think I have lived my life to the fullest in 2015. But still, I’ve learnt some things:
1. Stop taking things for granted
If you can breath fresh air today, be grateful for it! I was wearing a N95 mask almost every day in last September-October because of fire in Indonesia which affects most of South East Asian countries. To make things worse, there were no rains at that time. I remembered when the rain came, every one was grateful for it. Another case is food. I know it seems trivial, but in fact I couldn’t afford a good quality of beef in Malaysia. It is too expensive, since they need to import it from Australia / New Zealand (CMIIW). On the other hand, local beef in Indonesia is damn good. You can find good quality beef with affordable price everywhere, from meatball to steak.
2. Food is important
I admit that I ate a lot of crappy foods this year, such as frozen foods, junk foods, instant noodles, and instant coffee. I did that because they were fast to prepare, cheap, and taste okay, therefore I can have more time to do more productive things. BIG MISTAKE. After eat those food, I feel full but not fulfilling. As a result, I can’t be productive and it totally kills my health and productivity. Gary Keller in his book The One Thing sums a good solution for my problem.
“ To do our best, we literally have to feed our minds, which gives new credence to the old saw, “food for thought.” Foods that elevate blood sugar evenly over long periods, like complex carbohydrates and proteins, become the fuel of choice for high-achievers — literal proof that “you are what you eat.”
Gary Keller — The ONE Thing
3. Indirect mentoring is truly useful
I define indirect mentoring by reading books, listening to talks, or taking online courses. Since I don’t know anyone in Malaysia, finding a mentor is quite hard. As an alternative this indirect mentoring is really useful, since most of the time, people write books or courses structurally and the books or courses were reviewed thousand times by its early customers and editors. Moreover, you can learn something from a holistic view. For example, I read a biography about Elon Musk. He is truly amazing. Once I’ve finished read the book, I understand that to become an Elon Musk is not easy at all. You don’t only need to work really hard, but you need a lot of luck. Because of his grandfather had already done insane adventure before, it makes sense that Elon has this ‘adventurous’ DNA and it makes him different that the others.
“The family’s spirit for adventure seemed to know no bounds. In 1952, Joshua and Wyn made a 22,000-mile round-trip journey in their plane, flying up through Africa to Scotland and Norway. Wyn served as the navigator and, though not a licensed pilot, would sometimes take over the flying duties. The couple topped this effort in 1954, flying 30,000 miles to Australia and back. Newspapers reported on the couple’s trip, and they’re believed to be the only private pilots to get from Africa to Australia in a single-engine plane.”
Ashlee Vance — Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
4. Friendship are precious, yet hard to build
I’m grateful that I work for Watch Over Me. It is still a small startup, that have ups and downs like other startups. I’m grateful that we have quite strong bonded as a team. It is not easy though to build that bonding. You need a lot of moments, conversations, and honesty before you could understand someone.
5. Money is not the most important thing
Yes, money is important, but it is not as important as you think. Experience, time, and knowledge are far more important your money. I once read about a question on Quora about how a 22 year old man invest his money. Most of the answers said that you need to invest in yourself aside from saving some parts of your money. Invest in having a good experience in life, obtain knowledge, and enjoy the moment. Once I tried to save as much Ringgit Malaysia (RM) as possible, in the end the value of RM drops more than 10%. My saving were not as worth as before. If I used that amount of money to obtain knowledge (e.g. buying lunch from people that I want to learn from), it will give me much more returns (knowledge, network, and relationship).